You may be familiar with the dish Tortellini in Brodo, which is the traditional way to enjoy tortellini that originated in Northern Italy. This Coriander Ricotta Tortellini in Saffron Broth is a delicious twist on the classic with coriander, ricotta and prosciutto filled homemade tortellini in a beautiful saffron-infused vegetable broth.
Bold flavors are exciting and, of course, delicious. But sometimes subtle, sophisticated flavors that meld perfectly and play off one another can make for a special dish. This is one of those delicate and refined dishes that is not very complicated to make. It is essentially a cheese-stuffed pasta soup that is a light but satisfying meal.
If you are wondering why you should spend the time making tortellini when you could just buy a bag of frozen tortellini from Trader Joe's and call it a day.... well, it's because it's simply BETTER when it's homemade!
What makes this dish special, in our opinion, are four key components, but starts with homemade pasta. The pasta itself, of course, has that heartiness and texture that, combined with the shape of the tortellini, makes this
soup a meal. The mouthfeel is extremely satisfying!
We filled the tortellini in this dish with coriander, ricotta, prosciutto and spinach. The coriander adds a pop of flavor to the filling that brings the whole dish together.
If you have the time and are willing to make your own ricotta from scratch (which is ridiculously easy, by the way), we recommend following the instructions below and infusing the milk for the ricotta with coriander. Doing so will enhance the flavor profile and will produce a subtle, fragrant, and delicious base to your tortellini filling that shines through without force. Trust us, this is a beautiful touch.
Adding ground coriander to plain ricotta is the easiest option and will still result in a delightful dish, but we encourage you to give homemade coriander-infused ricotta a try for an even better result!
Click HERE to watch a video on how we shape the tortellini.
Let's talk about the Saffron-Infused Vegetable Broth!
The second component that makes this dish special is the broth. A good homemade vegetable stock is easy to make and really will make this dish something you will want again and again. I mean, the broth is over half of the dish, so making something really good is worth it. Why not make some homemade stock and freeze it to have? This is exactly what we do. We will be posting our homemade stock recipes in the near future if you desire to make it for this dish in the future.
The next special component is good saffron. This distinctive ingredient is extremely expensive, but it is unique. But the bonus here is that a little goes such a long way, so it ultimately doesn’t seem so expensive in the end. The key is to just use a pinch, but the color of your broth will be stunning. A good rule of thumb with saffron is that if the most prominent flavor in your dish is saffron, then you have used too much!
The flavor of saffron will be, and should be, in the background, but will bring a bitter-sweet, almost indescribable aspect to the broth. And the aroma will make your mouth water.
Homemade fresh tortellini will take approximately 5-7 minutes to cook (for quarter-sized pasta). Store-bought tortellini may differ depending on if you buy frozen vs dried vs fresh, etc., so follow package instructions for al dente tortellini.
Tortellini is a ring-like pasta shape coming from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy (more specifically Bologna and surrounding areas). Traditionally, tortellini has a meat filling consisting of a combination of pork loin, raw prosciutto and mortadella. This traditional type of tortellini is usually served in broth (tortellini in brodo) at Christmas.
Tortelloni are generally larger in size than the smaller, more delicate tortellini. Tortellini are traditionally filled with meat and served in broth in Italy, whereas tortelloni have a variety of fillings and are served with a variety of sauces from creamy sauces to cheese sauces, tomato sauces, or ragù and other meat sauces as well.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Homemade Ricotta Tortellini in Saffron Broth. If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
Looking for more pasta recipes? Check these out:
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- Pork and Shiitake Mushroom Ragù
- Fettuccine with Winter Spiced Cream Sauce and Rosemary Sage Meatballs
- Gorgonzola Apple Walnut Mac and Cheese
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